BY ADMIN (Friday November 12/2016)
ITS THE B E G I N N I N G FOR
GREAT CHANGE & UNTIY FOR HEALING IN THE PHILIPPINES
NINE ( 9 ) AGAINST FIVE ( 5 )
SUPREME COURT 4 MARCOS
SUPREME COURT 4 MARCOS
By a vote of 9-5, the Supreme Court gives the go signal for former president Ferdinand Marcos' burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Justices are expected to submit their opinions by Thursday, Nov.10
JUBILANT. Loyalists celebrate as the Supreme Court on November 8 ruled in favor of allowing the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Former president Ferdinand Marcos can now be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes' Cemetery).
The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday, November 8, cleared all legal obstacles to a Marcos burial, for decades an issue that has driven a deep wedge in Philippine political life.
By a vote of 9-5, the High Court rejected petitions that sought to stop the burial of the late dictator. Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes inhibited from the case, reducing to 14 the number of justices who voted.
Associate Justices :
Presbitero Velasco Jr,
Mariano del Castillo,
Teresita de Castro,
and Estela Perlas-Bernabe
voted in favor of giving Marcos a hero's burial. (READ: Supreme Court: Marcos was not pure evil)
Maria Lourdes Sereno,
Senior Associate Justice
Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa dissented.
(READ: Marcos burial: What did the dissenting SC justices say?)
Reyes has not cited specific reasons for his recusement but it was he who administered the oath of President Rodrigo Duterte last June.
He was Duterte's fraternity brother at the San Beda College of Law and a former lawyer of the family of former president Benigno Aquino III.
The decision came as the SC's extended status quo ante order – extended twice in the past – expires on Tuesday, November 8.
In a press briefing,
SC Spokesperson Theodore Te announced some of the reasons cited by the justices for allowing the burial of Marcos:
There was no grave abuse of discretion on the part of President Duterte in ordering the burial of Marcos; there is no law that prohibits the burial of the former president Marcos,
The President has the power to decide on the use of land within the public domain; there is no law that excludes the Libingan ng mga Bayani
former secretary of national defense
Some justices disagreed with the position articulated by others that the former president was dishonorably discharged;
this applies only to the military
On the issue of moral turpitude: Marcos has not been convicted by any final judgment and the cases cited were all civil in nature
The SC decision and final opinions of the justices were not released on Tuesday, November 8.
The justices are expected to submit these on Thursday, November 10.
The ponente of the SC decision denying the petitions was Justice Peralta.
By early Tuesday evening, protests erupted in key areas nationwide. (READ: Protests staged across PH after Supreme Court allows Marcos burial)
SC spokesperson Theodore Te holds up the decision before media during a press conference on
Nov. 8. 2016
Back and forth
The magistrates held two rounds of oral arguments on the petitions against the hero's burial for Marcos on
Aug.31 .2016 and Sept.8. 2016
(READ: SC orals on Marcos burial: Issues and answers)
On August 23, the High Court issued a status quo ante order (SQAO) on the burial of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani until September 13.2016
On September 8, it extended the order until October 18 and then held it further until November 8.
In August, Martial Law victims asked the Supreme Court to intervene, arguing that Marcos does not deserve a slot in the national shrine because burying him there violates Republic Act 289, which created the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
Duterte took the position in healing for unity the Pilipinos
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